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Blue Ridge Wheeltor

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need some opinions
« on: August 24, 2008, 10:02:39 PM »
I am placing an order early this week, and need some feedback on some of these items:
Solo seat. Which one seems most comfortable?
7" headlight. Sealed beam or the other?
Exhaust: I think the Brit system is a better fit. Someone said the goldie exhaust was too loud. Any feedback on the 50's and 60's?
Air filter: I am no fan of K&N. Anyone try the other one offered?
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Re: need some opinions
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2008, 10:07:40 PM »
The only one I am qualified to offer an opinion on is lighting: I would get the halogen light.

The improvement in the amount of light is dramatic. If you ride at night it's an essential upgrade.
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Re: need some opinions
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2008, 11:49:25 PM »
Hi Blue,
1. Had  the tan premium solo seat with the coil springs on my 03 classic, at 200lbs found that it would wallow around on me .Ordered the new Classic solo seat for my new Military. Love it, bolts on solid, with a larger seating area, and a hundred dollars cheaper.

2. Installed the 7in sealed beam headlight conversion on the Military. 10 min job once you figure out how the retaining clips go on. Good fit and looks good.

3. On the 03 Classic I had the Goldstar exhaust,,TOO LOUD for my taste. Replaced it with Indian shorty classic system. Fit good no installation problems. The chrome on the header pipe did bubble, but CMW replaced it.

$. My new to me Military came with the British exhaust system, fit was par with the Indian. Although the header pipe seems to be thicker. But it did turn an ugly black, almost as if the chrome had burned off. No matter to me though, I plan to paint the exhaust and chrome parts black. If I were you I'd go with the Indian system.

Hope this helps,
Andy
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Re: need some opinions
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2008, 11:56:53 PM »
I am trying to put together a $300 order so I can save some on shipping, but I am so, um, frugal, I find myself thinking about doing things like buying the 5" halogen on ebay for under $20, just eliminating the cat on the pipe, etc.

The internal battle of doing it right and doing it cheaply continues. :-\
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Re: need some opinions
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2008, 12:03:10 AM »
Thanks Charro,
These are the kind of opinions I need. I would be upset if I paid premium for a mod that was useless, so I appreciate any feedback.
1. Is the classic solo seat the one that looks like the bicycle seats on the Raleighs from years ago? Is it comfortable?
2. Why did you pick the sealed beam over the non sealed beam?
3.So you like the Indian exhaust better than the more expensive Brit?
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Re: need some opinions
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2008, 01:42:23 AM »
I bought Charro's Goldstar exhaust system from him, and I love it! Thanks Andy!
I run it without the baffle, and it's awesome.
It's a little loud, but I think it sounds great, and nobody in the neighborhood seems to mind.
There are Harleys around here that are alot louder than my Bullet.

I like the K&N filter ok, but it did make me have to re-jet, so be ready to re-jet if you get it.

I use the 7" sealed beam conversion, and it works good for me. I think it's bright enough for riding at night, and I ride the country roads that have no streetlights.
I never tried the halogen one.
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Re: need some opinions
« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2008, 02:22:14 AM »
RE: Halogen vs. Sealed beam.
What are the advantages of one kit over another as offered by our host?
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Re: need some opinions
« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2008, 02:44:37 AM »
Thanks Charro,
These are the kind of opinions I need. I would be upset if I paid premium for a mod that was useless, so I appreciate any feedback.
1. Is the classic solo seat the one that looks like the bicycle seats on the Raleighs from years ago? Is it comfortable?
2. Why did you pick the sealed beam over the non sealed beam?
3.So you like the Indian exhaust better than the more expensive Brit?

Blue,
1, The solo seat is part #Z91361 on page 40 of 08 CMW Catalog. Very comfy.
2. 7in sealed beam conversion was the cheapest at $68.95 and a straight plug in.
3. Indian exhaust was a good fit and bolted right on my old 03. Also 90 bucks cheaper.

You know us Ural/Enfield guys are frugal with the $$$$.

Andy
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Re: need some opinions
« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2008, 02:58:05 AM »
Yeah, we make the KLR riders look like Brittany Spears.
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Re: need some opinions
« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2008, 03:01:07 AM »
    Where that put me then? I'm a Bullet rider, and a KLR650 rider. Not to mention my XT225.

    Jon in Puyallup, Wa. USA
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« Reply #10 on: August 25, 2008, 02:39:04 PM »
    Where that put me then? I'm a Bullet rider, and a KLR650 rider. Not to mention my XT225.

    Jon in Puyallup, Wa. USA


KLR= thrifty (stays in a parking spot until the time runs out just to get his money's worth) ::)

Bullet= thriftier. (Tries to mimick accessories from junk in the garage rather than spend the money). ;)

Ural= thriftiest (duct tape and a hammer is your friend). :-[

mix Bullet and Ural ownership=skinflint status. (would rather climb under the door of a pay toilet than put a quarter in). :o
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Re: need some opinions
« Reply #11 on: August 25, 2008, 07:07:19 PM »
just eliminating the cat on the pipe, etc.

The internal battle of doing it right and doing it cheaply continues. :-\

If your not wanting it loud then put a somewhat open exhaust on but leave the insert in the pipe. It can always come out later.

I put a '60s BSA muffler on and left the insert in the pipe. The  sound is very close to what I wanted. Not loud not like the stock bazooka. Very thumperish without harshness.